When it comes to selecting a bottle to give to the wine aficionados in your life, the options are nearly endless—but Publix can help narrow the choices. Use these sure-to-please picks for wine gifts this season along with tips for pairings and presentation.
Federalist Cabernet Sauvignon
A powerful, robust cabernet sauvignon makes a big statement, particularly the Federalist Cabernet Sauvignon from California's Lodi region. This blend includes small amounts of merlot, cabernet franc, petite sirah, and sangiovese for a complex, densely fruited wine with dark berry and cinnamon notes.
Gift-ready pairing: A miniature jar of blackberry jam to complement the wine’s flavors and add a pop of color.
Wrapping tip: Wrap tan butcher paper around the bottle and tie in place with twine for a simple, rustic look. A sprig of evergreen or a cinnamon stick adds a seasonal accent.
Estancia Pinot Noir
Pinot noir is both graceful and earthy; it offers a more delicate alternative to cabernet. Try the coast-grown Estancia Pinot Noir. Its bright cranberry flavors and silken, spiced finish are reminiscent of the holiday season’s taste palate.
Gift-ready pairing: Gourmet smoked salmon
Wrapping tip: Deck a jute or burlap wine bag with jingle bells, corks, or a miniature wreath for a rustic yet seasonal look.
La Marca Prosecco
When in doubt over which bottle to give, opt for bubbly. Prosecco—Italy’s crisp, lively sparkling wine—is a veritable celebration in itself, with thousands of bubbles dancing in each glass. Opt for the always-pleasant La Marca Prosecco.
Gift-ready pairing: Shortbread cookies wrapped in cellophane and tied to the neck of the bottle.
Wrapping tip: Cover only the top of the bottle in festive wrapping paper and tie with ribbon or twine. The bottle is celebratory enough, but the topper will add a gift-ready pop.
Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc
Give your loved one a taste of the tropics with Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc. Its mango and papaya notes create an in-glass oasis.
Gift-ready pairing: A mild goat cheese or an assortment of nuts.
Wrapping tip: Keep it simple by wrapping colorful paper or cardstock in a cuff around the bottle. Instead of covering the bottle’s neck and shoulders as well, choose paper in a color that matches the bottle’s foil.
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